My name is Faith Hakesley. I was born and raised in Haverhill, Massachusetts where I graduated from the University of Massachusetts Lowell with a B.S. in Criminal Justice. Following graduation, I worked in the Psychology field until the birth of my husband's and my first child. Over the course of my life, I have overcome many traumas including rape by a Catholic priest, the death of a brother, and have lived through cancer as well as a serious heart condition.
In 2008, I was one of five victims of clerical abuse from the Archdiocese of Boston to meet privately with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI during his trip to Washington, D.C. Our meeting awoke in my heart the yearning to reach out to others suffering from trauma particularly sexual abuse. Since then, I have been passionate about sharing my personal story of faith and healing in order to offer hope, healing, and peace to those who are suffering. I want to break the stigmas associated with trauma and encourage others to find hope through their faith.
I have been interviewed on CNN with Campbell Brown and Anderson Cooper, Face the Nation, Catholic Connection with Teresa Tomeo, Kresta in the Afternoon with Al Kresta, EWTN News Nightly with Lauren Ashburn, Emmanuel Radio with Cindy Dorsey, WJR with Marie Osborne, and Catholic TV's This is the Day with Bishop Robert Reed. I was a guest speaker at the 2009 Women Affirming Life Breakfast in Norwood, MA and have been a contributing writer for the National Catholic Register and for the non-profit organization, Made in His Image.
My husband and I live in Massachusetts with our children. My first book, a devotional for victims of sexual abuse, will by published by Our Sunday Visitor in 2020. In addition to being active in my parish community, I am a housewife, homeschooling mom, violinist, and am enthusiastic about health and fitness.